City Council will likely approve a resolution at their meeting tonight certifying Kirkpatrick Enterprises International as a certified public housekeeping training organization to provide training to West Hollywood’s hotel room attendants.
The move is part of last year’s Hotel Worker Ordinance, which required that a public housekeeping training and education program be established to “ensure West Hollywood’s hotel room attendants have the knowledge and skills to protect their own rights and public health and safety.”
Kirkpatrick Enterprises International will be responsible for
● conducting a training program
● administering an examination that tests basic proficiency in the required training elements, and issuing a certificate to each room attendant who successfully completes the training and examination.
West Hollywood’s hotels are responsible for paying the Public Housekeeping Training Organization for their employees’ training, examination, certification, and recertification. The City will have an on-going administrative role collecting the training certificates and providing oversight to the training organization.
Kirkpatrick was the only company to apply for the city’s request for proposals. The Valencia-based company was also awarded a contract to provide these services to the city of Santa Monica, after which WeHo’s City Council modeled its own Hotel Worker Ordinance. The UNITE HERE Local 11 labor union was instrumental in designing and lobbying for both policies. The company describes itself as thus:
“Founded in 1990 to provide training and implementation programs for companies in the manufacturing and service industries. Our founder, Gordon Kirkpatrick has developed and secured over 250 State Funded Programs for companies in the hotel, automotive, aerospace, food, service, and construction industry, among others, in order to increase workforce development and promote employment in California. Our company has expanded its services to include popular programs such as ERP, VESL, Lean Manufacturing, 6 Sigma, Leadership Skills, Management Skills, Lean Safety, Safety Culture, and just recently (since 2019!) added the Certified Public Housekeeping Program to the many customized training curricula offered to our clients. Our bilingual seasoned facilitators have been with the company for decades and have education in Business, Marketing, Process Improvement, and Occupational Safety.”